Roy Gunnett reports, whilst Greg Smith and Irene Pike provide an array of great photos, many be saved in the Images archive.

Picturesque Sutton – the scene of many race walks across the years. Ta to Greg

Albert Rigby Shield 10k @ Macclesfield 8th October 2022

A field of 7 walkers took part in the Albert Rigby Trophy 10k race at Macclesfield.

Most of the field in the picture. Ta to Irene.

A number of the walkers and officials only just arrived in time for the race – due to very heavy local traffic. The normal 3-lap ‘out and back’ hilly course was used. On this occasion, there were no guest walkers. Just before the race rain clouds threatened – luckily, however, these soon blew away and the walk took place in mild conditions with sunny spells.

Greg, Roy and Steve in close formation with Sailash hidden. Ta to Irene.
Joe Hardy somewhat isolated. Ta to Irene
A determined Sailash also unaccompanied. Ta to Irene

The walkers were split into 2 groups – Adrian Edwards and Martin Payne being in the fast group and the remainder in the other. Adrian and Martin were started 3 minutes behind the others. This was Adrian’s first race since his heroic walk at Middlesbrough when he succeeded in becoming a Centurion in late August.

Adrian Edwards leads Martin Payne. Ta to Greg

Adrian and Martin walked together for most of the race, with Adrian just pipping Martin at the end to win the scratch race. Both walked extremely well in the aftermath of their epic centurion race only a few weeks earlier.

Locked in combat Adrian holds off Martin. Ta to Greg

The race for third place was contested by Steven Wilde and Roy Gunnett in a final dash for the line – this resulted in a draw between them.

Steve and Roy on their way to a dead heat! Ta to Irene

Huge thanks must go to Eric Horwill, Glyn Jones, Ian Hilditch, Irene Pike and Chris Pearce for their help in Timekeeping, Marshalling etc. 

Ian Hilditch on marshalling duties aided by a local road sign. Ta to Irene

As usual, Marshall and Kath Barnard were wonderful hosts. They put on a magnificent spread of food/ tea and they provided and awarded prizes to the first 3 in the handicap.

Martin Payne won the Albert Rigby Shield for being the first Lancashire walker in the handicap and he was presented with the shield by Marshall. Marshall’s wife Kath is the niece of Albert Rigby – whom the Shield is named after.

Scratch Race

1 Adrian Edwards.  63.36

2 Martin Payne       63.37

3 Stephen Wilde.    71.39

3 Roy Gunnett.       71.39

5.Sailash Shah.      73.49

6 Joe Hardy.           78.59

Greg Smith  2 Laps 6.7km 49.36

Handicap Race

1 Martin Payne.       58.37

2 Roy Gunnett.        60.09

3 Stephen Wilde.     60.39

4 Sailash Shah.       61.49

5 Adrian Edwards.   62.16

6 Joe Hardy.            65.39

Another landmark feature to be found on all the differing courses over the years. Ta to Greg.
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